There is a very recognizable laugh that can often be heard throughout the upper school halls at Hillcrest, and almost everyone knows that it belongs to senior Brycelynn Kelly. In her fifth and final year of attendance at Hillcrest, Brycelynn is not only known for her laugh; she also looks for the good in any and every situation. She believes her other strengths are forgiving and seeing the good in people.
Having attended public schools in the past, Brycelynn said she wasn’t sure what to expect when she transferred to Hillcrest. “I was used to being an outcast because I was more well-spoken than most of my classmates, but once I came to Hillcrest, I felt like I belonged. The relationships that I have with my teachers are so genuine and real; it’s rare to find teachers who care about their students anymore.” Outside of class, Brycelynn is a member of the yearbook staff and the archery and tennis teams; she also participates in field events for track. When she’s not at school or at work, Brycelynn enjoys going out with family and friends and being with her dogs: Mufassa, Nala, and Simba. To truly relax, however, she says there is nothing better than “sitting in my room and knitting while I’m listening to music.”
Brycelynn would advise her peers and students in younger classes not to base their decisions, big or small, on what your friends are doing because their decision is based on what’s best for them, not for you. She further wants to tell people to keep God in their lives always because at the end of every day, he is all you truly have. This advice is perfectly in line with the words of her favorite Bible verse, 1 Peter 5:7, which states, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Brycelynn loves this verse because as she matures, she realizes that every decision she makes will shape her future, and that thought causes a great deal of stress. She says, “When I read that verse, it just reassures me that God has a plan in his hands for me, and he would never put anything on me that I can’t bear.” This wise outlook will help her as she leaves Hillcrest in May to attend Holmes Community College and then Mississippi State; she plans to major in Accounting and minor in Journalism.